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Jane KirkpatrickWhitaker House / 2014 / ePubOur Price$9.995 out of 5 stars for Homestead (A Memoir) - eBook. View reviews of this product. 2 Reviews
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WaltMoline, ILAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Hang on to your hat!January 19, 2019WaltMoline, ILAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5(This is Walt's wife) This is an autobiographical book by an author who has written many novels. But before she started writing books, Jane and her husband bought land in north-eastern Oregon on the John Day River. During the next six years they made this land at the end of the "reptile road," as she calls it, into a wonderful homestead. They were down this road that sounds scarier than anything, miles from any neighbor or even a telephone, when they started out. The years they spent to make it the place they envisioned is amazing. I don't know how they overcame the physical difficulties and the hours (days) of heavy labor that were required. There was so much involved, that I am going to have to read this book again. There was too much they accomplished that I don't remember, and I was reading it slowly, savoring each bit. It is well-written, and I think would make a good "read-aloud" book for those couples who read to each other. There's the engineering, the organizing, the hours of labor, the redoing what had to be redone after yet more hours of labor that I think my husband would find it interesting. Since I don't generally read novels, this is the first book by this author that I have read, and I had not heard of her, but CBD had such a good price on it that I thought I would take a chance. This is not a novel, but is , as I said, autobiographical.
Tina Hoover5 Stars Out Of 5Perseverance at its bestJanuary 18, 2017Tina HooverQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A very well written, moving memoir about author Jane Kirkpatrick & her husband Jerry, acquiring the 160 acres on the John Day River in Oregon that they felt led by God to purchase and build their "HOMESTEAD". They were not young when they started this endeavor. Jane was 33 and Jerry was 49.
The Homestead is located on Starvation Point, a pretty spot, but very rugged. The horrible, rough road to their land, that never could be fixed well enough so you would feel safe driving up or down it. Rattlesnakes by the hundreds, sand and sagebrush were in their landscape.
Their mailbox is seven miles away. They had no telephone for several years, going up the rough road to a neighbors' barn and standing outside no matter the weather to use their phone. Lived in a travel trailer so they could be on their land, but no electricity. They did have wonderful neighbors, near and far. People that you might not see for months at a time, but who were willing to drop everything and help you out.
They had a dream to have a new house, farm, they wanted to grow grapes and own an airplane. All of their dreams did come true, but not all at once and not in the order that Jane and Jerry necessarily thought they should happen. But, isn't that the way it always seems to happen.
Jerry had been injured years before at work and had to have 2 vertebrae in his neck fused. But, with their love, strengths and firm belief that this is what God wanted them to do they built an impossible house in a ravine and made a good, fulfilling life together.
They had several wonderful dogs and cats. Just a nice family, all the way around. I would highly recommend this book, its a great modern day pioneering book.
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